Stockton - Today, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar issued a statement addressing the nearly 30% reduction in homicides in 2021 from 2020.
"In 2021, we were able to identify and mitigate risk factors at a community level. I commend our partners in law enforcement, the local community and faith-based organizations, and members of my team for their tireless efforts to restore wellness and promote healing," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Community outreach, community policing, and community healing are paramount to the success of a thriving environment. We are working diligently in collaboration with our law enforcement partners to further reduce those numbers in 2022."
In previous years, homicide rates had plummeted under District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar's leadership, with a low of 52 homicides countywide in 2018 and 2019 alike. The year 2020 brought its own unique set of challenges and outreach into higher-risk areas unfortunately decreased due to pandemic-related precautions, among other factors.
In a continued effort for transparency with the public, the 2021 Data Report will be available in the coming weeks. The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office is committed to advocating and supporting victims of crime, ensuring public safety and equitable justice for all. More information about community outreach and resources can be found on our website.